Author Archives: Dr. Sarah Spring

Peer Review Schedule

Here are the dates for our two weeks of peer review. Remember that presenters need to upload their projects by 5 PM the DAY BEFORE! Tuesday, Nov 12: Aaron, Deborah, and Martha Thursday, Nov 14: Richard, Simone, and Kari Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Reminders and Assignments

As I said in my email, here is the list of things to accomplish by the end of the week: Online writing activities – the last response to a classmate is due Thursday (by 3:30 PM) Visualizing Composition tutorials – … Continue reading

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Student-led Discussion

Good morning! I had technical difficulties over the weekend (reached my usage max with my domain), but thankfully, those issues have been resolved. As I mentioned in class, I am asking students to be responsible for one reading over the … Continue reading

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Computer Lib/Dream Machines

We will do quite a bit in class today: Look through the DALN, and get a feel for the narratives that have been uploaded to this database. Discuss Nelson’s article. View the TED talk on a next-generation digital book. Is … Continue reading

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Punctuate Proficiently (Chapter 10)

Edit the following sentences: Why don’t you explore the diverse landscapes of New Zealand, where you can see beaches, tropical forests, alpine mountains, fjords, volcanoes, and caves? Archimedes’s study of levers led him to boast, “Give me a place to … Continue reading

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CFP: Computers & Writing 2014

The Call for Proposals has come out for Computers & Writing, a national conference I try to attend every year. The questions they ask participants to consider are as follows: * What is at stake in our practices, theories and … Continue reading

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Speaking to Your Entire Audience

1. To start, I want everyone to cast a critical eye on his or her blog in terms of Chapter 4: Headings – should distill content, make stories easy to scan, and break up text into readable chunks. Sentences – … Continue reading

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Writing for an Online Audience

Janet Murray says one of the defining qualities of the computer is that it is participatory – the digital medium is interactive, giving the user a sense of agency. We will spend today’s class working through Section I of the … Continue reading

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Proposed Heuristic for Online Writing Activities

We talked about this briefly last week, but here are the proposed evaluation criteria for online writing activities. Content: Content is more important than length (still, try to aim for a well-developed paragraph/idea – long enough to get the point … Continue reading

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Working with WordPress

To start class, we will continue to work on your WordPress blogs: First, go through this checklist to make sure your blog is ready for the semester. Double check your blog options in Settings “General”- enter the name of your … Continue reading

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